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Three years in the planning and four days delivery for ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the conference and festival programs. The early feedback has been amazing and we’re hearing about all sorts of new opportunities and partnerships arising from the event.  We are very proud that the majority of the artists and the event team employed for ARTLANDS DUBBO were all drawn from regional NSW and clearly demonstrated the depth of talent and skills available in regional areas.

In the conference summary prepared by Prof Brad Haseman the following themes have emerged, First Nations and Indigenous Arts, Arts & Health, Regionalism, Arts and the Economy, Funding Arts Projects, Arts and Learning, Capacity Building, Principles of Practice and Measuring Arts Impact. His report, the transcripts and audio files of the plenary sessions, along with any other speaker’s papers will be published on the website in due course.

Congratulations to the three Regional Arts Fellowships winners announced by the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, at the Big Shed Dinner, Lee Pemberton (former director of fLiNG Physical Theatre), Sarah McEwen (The Cad Factory and curator of the Inspire exhibition) and David Burraston (The Wired Lab). Their companies were all included in the festival program so I hope you were able to see their work in Dubbo.

It was a great privilege to deliver this national arts conference and festival for NSW. Without support from the three levels of government it would not have happened so I’d like to acknowledge Arts NSW, Destination NSW, Department of Communications and the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. And bravo to Dubbo Regional Council who believed we could do it back in 2013 and pulled out all stops to help us make it happen.

We do things a bit differently in NSW. We have a network of 14 locally based regional arts development organisations delivering projects and services for local communities and their support was critical. We put together an awesome team of staff, crew and volunteers who worked around the clock to ensure ARTLANDS DUBBO was challenging, inspirational, educative, inclusive and entertaining. Thank you all!

Elizabeth Rogers, CEO Regional Arts NSW